MERRILL - A 65-year-old Merrill man could face up to six decades in prison if convicted of sexually assaulting a child last Sunday.
Mark Welch appeared before Judge Robert Russell in Lincoln County Court on Monday.
"Mr. Welch, that charge is a Class B felony," Russell said. "It carries a maximum penalty of a term of imprisonment not to exceed 60 years. Do you understand that?"
Prosecutors say Welch inappropriately touched a child younger than 13 years old last Sunday near Gleason. Welch told the child they were playing a game called "monsters" at the victim's home. When Welch touched the victim in the private area with the victim's pants off, the child told him to stop, but he did not.
On Monday in court, Welch told the judge "I don't agree with none of this" after reading the charges against him.
Welch was also convicted of third-degree sexual assault in Marathon County 2001.
He's being held on a $50,000 cash bond and will return to court on February 21.
RHINELANDER - A scoop of frozen custard goes down pretty well on a humid day like the Northwoods saw Friday. Rhinelander's Associated Bank made grabbing a scoop an easy way to help others.
Culver's set up a mobile custard stand outside the new bank building on the corner of Lincoln Street and Oneida Avenue from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fifty cents from every $2.50 cup sold went to Associated Bank's Children's Miracle Network fund.
The bank is hoping to raise $500 through its fundraisers for CMN this month.
MERRILL - A Northwoods school pulled off a big surprise on Friday to honor a few veterans. After months of planning, students and staff at Kate Goodrich Elementary got to see the payoff of all their hard work.
"It was like kind of overwhelming," said Wolfgang Lenk.
Lenk, Todd Annis, and Randy Perry had no idea they would be the guests of honor.
"To see all these kids and knowing how hard they worked selling all this, and now your name comes up that you're one of the three recipients, it was awesome," said Annis.
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